Army Chief

COAS visits Makran division, reviews progress on CPEC projects

RAWALPINDI: Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday visited Turbat, Talar and Gawadar and reviewed progress of projects being constructed by army engineers as part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The COAS was briefed in detail about the law and order situation in Balochistan particularly in Makran division and progress on the ongoing development projects, said an ISPR press release issued on Friday.

He was told that overall security situation in Makran division had improved, and graph of militancy had declined considerably. The COAS paid rich tributes to martyrs of army, law enforcement agencies and civilians who laid down their lives for security and development of the area. He expressed satisfaction over steps being taken for restoration of peace in Makran division and directed all concerned to take strict security measures for the security of engineers and labourers, particularly for Chinese nationals working on Gwadar Port and other projects.

Highlighting the importance of under construction projects linked with the CPEC and Gawadar Port, the COAS said all possible measures in coordination with civil government would be taken to make Gwadar a safe city for local and foreign investors. He said these projects will transform the lives of people of Pakistan particularly Balochistan and bring prosperity to the region. He appreciated army troops engaged in various development works particularly FWO for their untiring efforts and sacrifices in construction of a vast road network across the length and breadth of Balochistan, against all odds, at an amazing pace.

Interacting with local elders, General Shareef also paid rich tributes to the proud and valiant people of Balochistan and thanked them for their unconditional cooperation and support for development projects, assuring them that they will be best served by these projects. He emphasised that the potential of Balochistan as a regional hub for trade in goods and energy will only be realised with a whole of nation approach for its security and development. Commending army, FC and other law enforcement agencies for extraordinary efforts, General Shareef said completion of these projects is directly linked with law and order situation of the province and vowed that the armed forces will take all necessary actions to help bring back normalcy.

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